Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum speaks in Washington in September 2014. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Seems Rick Santorum is impressed with the Islamic State’s journalism.

The perennial presidential candidate is overlooked by most American pollsters and pundits, but the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is taking him seriously.

The group singled out Santorum as a crusader, along with a little-known Virginia state senator Richard H. Black and former CIA officer Gary Berntsen, in an Islamic State magazine, quoting them verbatim in a feature called “In the Words of the Enemy.”

[Loudoun’s Sen. Black listed as ‘enemy’ by ISIS, along with Rick Santorum]

(No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

Asked about his new star power on Fox News on Wednesday morning, Santorum had only praise for the group’s journalistic standards.

“Well the difference is ISIS actually quoted me accurately compared to the New York Times, which is sort of a remarkable comment on the state of the media today,” he said. (Ouch.)

The Islamic State promotes Santorum for his warning that the group remains a serious threat that will continue to spread if the United State doesn’t act.

“They are not losing ground. They are not being discredited in the eyes of the Muslim world. They will get stronger,” it quotes Santorum saying.

On Fox, Santorum said the group chose him because he gets them.

“They put it out because it accurately describes who they are,” Santorum said. “I took it as them finding an American politician who described them as to who they really are.”

It’s always nice to feel understood.